Bali is an island, and one of the province in Indonesia, located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Its capital, Denpasar, is located in the southern part of the island. The island is home to most of Indonesia's Hindu minority. According to the 2010 Census, 83.5% of Bali's population adhered to Balinese Hinduism. The island is home to hinduism sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple, Tanah Lot, etc. Bali is known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs.
In the south part, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In this area alone over 500 reef building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about 7 times as many as in the entire Caribbean.
How To Go There
Flights from major international cities regularly fly in and out of Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali (DPS). This airport is just 13 kilometres from Denpasar, the capital of Bali and 10 km to Kuta Beach - the nearest tourist destination.
From Surabaya/malang, go to Ketapang seaport in Banyuwangi to get a boat to Gilimanuk seaport, Bali.
While from Lombok, go to Gili Air, Gili Trawangan, Senggigi, Teluk Kode/Teluk Nare seaport where there are fast boats depart to 5 ports in Bali; Padangbai, Sanur, Serangan, Benoa and Amed. Bali can be reached in around 1.5 hours fast boat direct transfer to Padangbai harbor and 2.5 hours to Sanur or Serangan harbor. The cheapest way to reach Bali from Lombok is by ferry, but spend more times on the sea, about 4-5 hours.
You can have a private taxi from Denpasar airport/hotel, or share it with other travelers going the same way with you, or arrange a shared/private taxi with your hotel/tour operator.
Very wide selection of accommodation from 5 star hotel to budget room are spread in Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Tanah Lot, Lovina Beach, etc.
The Balinese are an ethnic group native to the Bali island. The Balinese population of 4.2 million (1.7% of Indonesia's population) live mostly on the island of Bali, making up 89% of the island's population. According to the 2010 Census, 83.5% of Bali's population adhered to Balinese Hinduism. They are very friendly people.
Life rotates around religious ceremonies and temples in Bali. Rites of passage at Balinese family can almost be seen daily, celebrating the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Music, drama, dance and costumes become a feast for the senses during temple festivities. Hinduism is the major influence behind its development. Special cultural dates and highlights also mark the calendar, through annual art festivals and local revelries that visitors should check out to make the best of their visit.
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